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Conservancy of Southwest Florida

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Address: 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples, FL 34102-3500
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+1 239-262-0304
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09:30 - 16:30
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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As part of its educational mission, the 2l-acre Conservancy Nature Center...

As part of its educational mission, the 2l-acre Conservancy Nature Center has recently completed a $20 million renovation which offers abundant learning opportunities, special activities such as camps for children, and other unique programming and events and is designated as Site #69 on the "Great Florida Birding Trail". In addition to the new entrance, Smith Preserve Way, just south of the Naples Zoo off Goodlette-Frank Road, new features include the Dalton Discovery Center, von Arx Wildlife Hospital nursery viewing area, Windfeldt Shorebird Pool, Shotwell Wavering Filter Marsh, Christopher B. SmithPreserve, Eaton Conservation Hall with Jeannie Meg Smith Theater, electric boat rides up the Gordon River from the Allyn Family Dock and Lagoon, and Ferguson Learning Lab. Kayak rentals and excursions are available for a fee. No visit is complete without a visit to the Bradley Nature Store to select from nature-inspired gifts, toys, jewelry, t-shirts, hats, art and cards. Other Conservancy Nature Center features include a live sea turtle display and touch tank. Electric boat ride schedule changes seasonally and are subject to weather and tide conditions. Open Mon. - Sun., 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM. $12.95 Adults; $8.95 Ages 3-12. Offsite Adventures are offered during season (generally December - April,) the Conservancy of Southwest Florida offers various nature tours: *Good Fortune II Pontoon Boat Cruise through Rookery Bay estuary. * Free Nature walks at Brigg's Boardwalk, Clam Pass and Tigertail beach.

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Enjoyed the boat tour

We visited purely for the boat tour although we did enjoy the bird talk whilst waiting for the next tour On entering and purchasing a wrist band you are directed to book your boat... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 April 2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016 via mobile

We visited purely for the boat tour although we did enjoy the bird talk whilst waiting for the next tour On entering and purchasing a wrist band you are directed to book your boat tour. They run on the hour we arrived at 1115 the 12pm your was already full and we had the possibility of waiting for 2 hours... More 

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Naples, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

The Conservancy of SW Florida provides a gentle, but most informative interaction with the region's flora and fauna. The boat trip (included in ticket price) takes one through channels, canals and mangroves--but also along a stretch that will demonstrate the complexities of human development in houses, docks and golf courses. You will be amazed that this wilderness is within the... More 

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Naples, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2016

Went with 3 grandchildren and learned a lot about animals and nature. Could have done a better job directing visitors around a large complex. Our tour guide/boat captain was very knowledgeable.

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Shelby, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2016 via mobile

Ours was great. ..short...visit. We went with our son and daughter in law with 14 month child. We went late in the day and only had time for a visit to the Nature Center. The volunteers were great in keeping the pace pleasing to the infant. The nature and live animal displays were good and then the hands on pool... More 

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Commack, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2016

This was our second trip to the conservancy. We loved it as much as we did the first time. The electric boat ride is better than any Disney attraction I've ever been too. This is the place to enjoy nature. The new animal hospital takes care of animals in need.

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Thank Vicki S
Oakland, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2016

So much to learn, excellent kayak tour of the river by an amazing guide - Kevin Cafarelli- the kayak tour is 10 am daily, two hour guided tour. Kevin is extremely knowledgeable, pointed out plant life, animals, and more. We took our time, saw mangroves, mangrove crabs, non-venemous snakes, three different types of Herron, raccoons, and lots more. We toured... More 

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2016

Besides the beautiful flora, the venue is perfectly set up for all ages and interest levels. Plenty to see and do for all. Our grandchildren and children loved it

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Carmel, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2016 via mobile

We took the 10-1 tour out of Rookery that included a stop for lunch on the isle of Capri. We saw a lot of birds and Dolphins. They provide insect spray and binoculars for everyone. The captain was professional and knowledgeable. Our guide was a wealth of information, courteous and very pleasant. Our 6 year old was engaged, listened to... More 

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

There are kayaks to paddle out in, boat tours, animals to see and educational displays about the local ecosystem and wildlife. I found it very interesting, as well as my son who is 26.

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

Nice was to spend a morning or early afternoon in the outdoors. There several area to visit during you adventure. There is the Dalton Discovery Center offering several live exhibits. There several volunteers who staff this area that are more than willing to show you through all the exhibits as well as answering and questions you might have. Several nice... More 

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